by Mai Wang, Birchbox
From the super-fine to the ultra-gritty, there's a perfect exfoliator for everyone.
Choosing the right exfoliator comes down to finding the best texture for your skin type. Too fine and you might not get the result you're looking for; too rough and you may end up with red, irritated skin (the horror!). Happily, there are plenty of non-abrasive natural scrubs out there for face and body. And it's not just about lifting away expired skin cells. According to Kimberly Sampson, facialist and Training Director for emerginC, they "help address a host of issues, including dehydration, fine lines, breakouts, uneven skin tone, and redness." Scope out the full spectrum of scrubs-there's one for every skin concern!
If your skin is extra-sensitive or you're concerned about premature aging, opt for a rice bran scrub. Rice bran, the outer layer that surrounds each individual kernel, is a quadruple threat. First, the fine powder sweeps away debris. Next, it helps soothe chronic inflammation. It's also rich in collagen-boosting phytic acid has UV-absorbing properties that help prevent sun spots.
Our Pick: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant®
Gentler than their salt-based counterparts, sugar scrubs are ideal for dry complexions because sugar is a humectant that helps skin hold onto moisture. What's more, it serves as a natural source of glycolic acid, which "boosts firmness by increasing the thickness of your skin's deeper layers," says Sampson.
Our Pick: Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser
Related: Skincare Matchmaker: Skin Types
Coffee Grounds COFFEE GROUNDS
Fretting over cellulite and saggy skin? Try a coarse coffee ground scrub. "Coffee is a stimulant with antioxidant properties-used in a body scrub, it invigorates skin," says Hollywood facialist Biba de Sousa. Caffeine helps increase circulation, leaving skin more toned.
Our Pick: Make your own scrub by following a fun DIY recipe!
Cure red, irritated skin (including sunburns) with a classic oatmeal scrub. Oatmeal buffs away flaky skin and soothes itchiness-perfect after a long day at the beach.
Our Pick: Befine Exfoliating Cleanser
Related: The Best Face Masks for Your Skin Type
Save this turbo-charged exfoliator for your body-it's great at sloughing away rough patches on elbows and knees. Since sea salt can be drying, Sampson suggests "looking for a formula that includes plant oils, antioxidants, and vitamins to help soothe skin in the process."
Our Pick: dirt. luxe salt scrub - lemon leaf
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by Mai Wang, Birchbox